Yesterday was unfortunate in a number of ways. First, I had to go to Slough. Second, I arrived far too early. Third, the only place to wait was a well known US fast food outlet specialising in sweet dough based products.
This was the first time that I had actually had one of these and hopefully it will be the last. I'm not a fan of icing/glaze, so I went for the filled option, in this case apple and cinnamon. Apple and cinnamon is one of my favourite flavour combinations when it is done well.
The direct injection of glucose and mouth coating of cheap fat I was expecting, beyond that I probably hadn't given the experience enough thought and was woefully under prepared. The filling was sweet beyond belief and had virtually no cinnamon taste. The apple was dehydrated, but I find that quite appealing, a throw back to my youth spent eating dried apple rings. what was most disturbing about this experience was the dough. At first it had no taste whatsoever, then it left a lingering sense of chemically enhanced bitterness in the mouth. The dusting of cinnamon sugar type stuff was just plain weird.
There was no cream, no crispiness and no plate. Thankfully the espresso that accompanied it was passable, and the time passed quickly as I mentally noted my experiences for this critique!